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    sex, drugs and sausage rolls....

    no but seriously...

    jelly bellys

    going to the cinema

    money
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    (Original post by Andy the Anarchist)
    Does food count? (free food for everyone would be awesome)

    On a more serious note I'd have to say healthcare, sanitation and education, with housing coming a close fourth.
    Not for Mr. Tesco :no:
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    (Original post by Moe Lester)
    Not for Mr. Tesco :no:
    Well I'm working on the assumption that it will be free for everyone (so that means we've somehow found a way of generating infinite amounts of food without any costs in terms of labour or capital.

    So whilst Tesco may go bust, everyone will have enough food to feed themselves forever.

    However, knowing humanity's luck, this will just cause a spike in the birth rate and cause other problems (I would say famine, but we're working on an assumption of free food for everyone, dunno how, maybe Jesus will come back and act as a food multiplier).

    On another serious note, free condoms for the world would be an excellent step towards stabilising birth rates, increasing reproductive freedom for women, and slowing the spread of AIDS. I dunno why I didn't put it in my original list.
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    Education
    Electricity
    Jaffa Cakes
    Awesome.
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    All 3 orifices.
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    Tampons
    Condoms
    More Tampons
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    Tampons, love and chocolate.
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    Healthcare, food and education.
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    These have nearly all been mentioned before, but . . .

    I think tampons/sanitary towels would be one of my three choices. Women don't ask to bleed out of their nether-regions once a month, and tampon prices are ridiculous.

    I'd also make glasses/contact lenses free, as, again, those of us who have less than parr eyesight do not ask for it, nor do we in any way cause our own poor eyesight. Meaning it is unfair that we should have to pay to see when others with good eyesight get their vision for free.

    && finally, mental health facilities and resources. Most people suffer with poor mental health at some point in their lives, and a lot of people have severe mental illnesses that stop them doing a lot of things that people without mental illness can do. Mental illnesses also tend to be down to the genes, and aren't asked for. Again meaning it is unfair to have to pay for support that others do not need and therefore do not have to pay for.

    Oh, to be male, perfectly sane and have good clear vision . . .
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    -vodka
    -gin
    -cider
    :awesome:

    so alcohol, ermm ipods! and clothes
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    (Original post by faith90)
    Free money.
    I think I won.
    :yes:
    Please say you're being sarcastic?
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    (Original post by Liaxx)
    These have nearly all been mentioned before, but . . .

    I think tampons/sanitary towels would be one of my three choices. Women don't ask to bleed out of their nether-regions once a month, and tampon prices are ridiculous.

    I'd also make glasses/contact lenses free, as, again, those of us who have less than parr eyesight do not ask for it, nor do we in any way cause our own poor eyesight. Meaning it is unfair that we should have to pay to see when others with good eyesight get their vision for free.

    && finally, mental health facilities and resources. Most people suffer with poor mental health at some point in their lives, and a lot of people have severe mental illnesses that stop them doing a lot of things that people without mental illness can do. Mental illnesses also tend to be down to the genes, and aren't asked for. Again meaning it is unfair to have to pay for support that others do not need and therefore do not have to pay for.

    Oh, to be male, perfectly sane and have good clear vision . . .
    Total agreement here. Spending a fortune on sanitary items is not one of the things you should not have to sign up for just because you are a girl. Same on the glasses, as next month I have to start paying for the lense in my glasses as well as frames.



    My 3 would be:

    University- (how is it fair that the Scots get free university here and anyone in the EU apart from Wales, Ireland and England don't have to pay in Scotland) /rant

    Healthcare- NHS style I hasten to add, so not everything is covered but is still doable

    Fresh and Clean Water everyday =]
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    Healthcare.
    Food & water.
    Education.

    I wanted to put 'a decent house' but I figured everyone used to build their own anyway.
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    (Original post by faith90)
    Free money.
    I think I won.
    :yes:
    No. All you did was ensure that that Mars Bars would cost 800 trillion pounds.
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    (Original post by mr_maniac)
    PS - Daniella (#25) - surely the extent of any 'global meltdown' would be entirely dependent on the choices you made? Why would things like free drinking water and free education cause global meltdown? Free chocolate would probably cause a major obesity epidemic, but you could argue that certain things should be free in this modern world where everything seems to have a price!
    When something is "free", it's consumption is theoretically infinite. If water is free, I for example, could go and install ten taps in my house and leave them running into a drain 24/7. While I don't think that anybody would do this, there is a reason as to why everything in the world has a price. Because a price is an indicator. It's a signal to producers as to what ought to be produced, at what quantity, and at what price. Every time you go out and buy something you are casting a vote in global production. If you buy coke instead of pepsi you are telling our economy that you desire more coke to be produced at a cheaper cost than pepsi. The reason things have prices is so that we don't have total chaos in our economic activities.

    Allowing all water to be free would make it difficult for any producer to calculate how much is the right amount to produce. This is why in economies without prices that have historically existed on a nation-state scale, there became shortages and overproduction. A shortage of water would mean, well, your efforts at "free water" have really had no effect: apart from making the people in the previous system who could afford water now unable to access water. If water becomes overproduced, then other things are underproduced as a result (the total supply in an economy can only be 100%. In a primitive economy were only food and water are produced, food cannot be 60% of production and water 50%, for instance), and people suffer again. This is why the price mechanism were nothing is free is the best method of development for third world countries.

    That said, if you're at least partially right. If I said "Chocolate, Cookies and Coca Cola" to be free, the disruption in the world economy would be very small and far less destructive than if I said "Food, Water, and Healthcare."

    In my three choices, far less people would die of starvation.

    If I had to go along with your little Socialist dream experiment that totally defies any rational logic, I would say:
    - Condoms
    - Books (all books)
    - Freedom to think

    However, my first and primary choice is that nothing would be free to anybody.

    I didn't choose healthcare or water or food because frankly the planet is overpopulated. Why people want to continue that trend is really beyond me.
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    Bagration - fair enough. I'm not entirely sure you've taken the question in the spirit in which it was asked i.e. it's just a theoretical musing, rather than an exhibition of any political leanings I might have! I'm no socialist, but I just considered this a question worth thinking about for a moment or two - which you've clearly done, else you wouldn't have made that post!

    Whether or not it defies rational logic is almost completely irrelevant - it's not as if we were going to actually make it happen! If you were to consider the practicalities of these suggestions e.g. making food free for everyone, it wouldn't take you very long at all before you ran into some pretty major difficulties! I personally don't think free food would help at all, since it would, to cut a long story short, make all the farmers destitute, and you don't have to think too far ahead to see where the consequences of that end up!

    I'd be interested to learn about your logic behind 'freedom to think' as an option though - does anybody pay to think? You might pay to LEARN about things which make you think, but the actual process of thought is either entirely free, or prohibited by the so-called 'thought police'!! :P

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    clean water, a computer with access to the entire internet (so people can communicate) heathcare

    also education. and justice.
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    Healthcare, Sanitation and Education.
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    Decent food, education and healthcare.
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    Healthcare, Education @ Uni level, Happy Meals
 
 
 
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